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Woman at 1,000 degrees

Author: Hallgrímur Helgason; Brian FitzGibbon, (Translator)
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A spirited eighty-year-old Icelandic woman reflects on her life as she lies alone in a garage in Reykjavik, waiting to die"--
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hallgrímur Helgason; Brian FitzGibbon, (Translator)
ISBN: 9781616206239 1616206233
OCLC Number: 967271533
Language Note: In English.
Description: 391 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Konan við 1000°.
Woman at one thousand degrees
Woman at 1,000°
Responsibility: a novel by Hallgrímur Helgason ; translated by Brian FitzGibbon.

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"A spirited eighty-year-old Icelandic woman reflects on her life as she lies alone in a garage in Reykjavik, waiting to die"--

"'I live here alone in a garage, together with a laptop computer and an old hand grenade. It's pretty cozy.' Herra Björnsson is at the beginning of the end of her life. Oh, she has two weeks left, maybe three--she has booked her cremation appointment, at a crispy 1,000 degrees, so it won't be long. But until then she has her cigarettes, a World War II-era weapon, some Facebook friends, and her memories to sustain her. And what a life this remarkable eighty-year-old narrator has led. ... From Herra's childhood in the remote islands of Iceland, where she was born the granddaughter of Iceland's first president, to teen years spent living by her wits alone in war-torn Europe while her father fought on the side of the Nazis, to love affairs on several continents, Herra Björnsson moved Zelig-like through the major events and locales of the twentieth century. She wed and lost husbands, had children, fled a war, kissed a Beatle, weathered the Icelandic financial crash, and mastered the Internet. She has experienced luck and betrayal and upheaval and pain, and--with a bawdy, uncompromising spirit--she has survived it all. Now, as she awaits death in a garage in Reykjavík, she shows us a woman unbowed by the forces of history. Each part of Herra's story is a poignant piece of a puzzle that comes together in the final pages of this remarkable, unpredictable, and enthralling novel."--Jacket.

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